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Smaller The Phone, The Stronger The Rays
Some of the
smallest must-have mobile phones on the market are big on radiation,
according to the largest survey yet conducted in Australia.
"What can happen with the newer phones is, as they get smaller, you're in a situation where the antenna is closer to parts of the body than it was before," said Chris Zombolas, the study's author. Australian electromagnetic-testing company EMC Technologies was commissioned to do the report by Swiss consumer group K-Tip, which claims it is the largest such study to have been conducted in Europe.
Up to 60 per cent of Australians are now believed to regularly use mobile phones, with two million sold in the nine months to September this year.
Young people are the biggest customers, with mobile phones used by three in five Australian 18- to 39-year-olds.
Of the phones surveyed by EMC technician Mr Zombolas, none breached international or domestic safety standards, but radiation levels varied greatly according to the design and power of each model.
"With newer phones, they're very, very small so the antenna is a bit closer, so all parts of the phone are a bit closer. So it's not surprising that you'll get slightly higher results," Mr Zombolas said.
The emissions are measured according to their specific energy absorption rates in watts per kilogram, which calculates the amount of energy absorbed by the user's body.
The effects of such radiation are still largely unknown.
But the Australian Communication Authority says the rate at which energy emissions are absorbed from the handset by the user must not exceed 1.6 watts per kilogram.